armth

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English armthe, earmthe, from Old English iermþu, iermþ (misery, wretchedness, calamity, distress, disorder, poverty, destitution, penury, badness, disease, crime, reproach), from Proto-Germanic *armiþō (poverty), from Proto-Germanic *armaz (poor, arm), from Proto-Indo-European *erm- (poor, ill) or Proto-Indo-European *orbʰ- (orphaned; orphan), equivalent to arm (poor) +‎ -th. Cognate with Dutch armoede (poverty), German Armut (poverty), Swedish armod (poverty).

Noun[edit]

armth (uncountable)

  1. (UK dialectal or obsolete) Poverty; want; wretchedness; misery; calamity.

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